Business and Entrepreneurship for Filmmakers: Making a Living as a Creative Artist in the Film Industry, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Business and Entrepreneurship for Filmmakers

Making a Living as a Creative Artist in the Film Industry, 1st Edition

By Charles Haine


224 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This practical guide teaches readers the skills and business acumen required to build a career in the film industry from the ground up.

While countless books and classes teach newcomers the creative aspects of the film industry, many fail to properly prepare readers for the reality of how to navigate a freelance film career today.From creating a business model, dealing with taxes and funding, finding and managing clients, networking, investing, cashflow, and planning for the long-term, Business and Entrepreneurship for Filmmakers provides real-world, pragmatic advice on navigating a freelance film career, whether you’re a recent film school graduate looking to take the next step or a seasoned professional hoping to start a production company. Moreover, the skills taught here apply across the industry, from corporate media and commercials to music videos and feature films.

Interviews with filmmakers, innovators, and business experts are included throughout the book to offer further expertise and examples.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Taking Care of Yourself for Long Term Survival

Chapter 2: Opportunities

Chapter 3: Having a Plan

Chapter 4: The Pitch Deck and Internal Budgets

Chapter 5: Debt & Investment

Chapter 6: Margins & Cashflow

Chapter 7: Taxes, Insurance, Lawyers & Retirement

Chapter 8: Bandwidth & Hiring

Chapter 9: Portfolio and Bidding

Chapter 10: Marketing, Networking and Promotion

Chapter 11: Clients and Creative

Chapter 12: Representation

Appendix: Teaching


About the Author

Charles Haine is a filmmaker and entrepreneur who has worked in the motion picture industry since 1999. Haine founded the production company Dirty Robber in 2008, which has gone on to success in feature films, shorts as well as commercials and music videos. Haine is an assistant professor at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, and was formerly an associate professor at Los Angeles City College. In 2011, Haine published his first book, The Urban Cyclist’s Handbook, and currently is the tech editor at

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Film & Video
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Screenwriting